Monday, May 21, 2012

Baked Banana Bread Oatmeal


Baked banana bread oatmeal. It really does taste like banana bread.
Granted, it's a little more oatmeal-y than the regular banana bread BUT it's not so oatmeal-y that I can't eat it.
See...the thing is...I can't usually eat oatmeal. The texture just makes me gag. That mushy lumpiness just...well...it doesn't sit well with me.
Thanks to Healthy Food For Living I don't really have that problem anymore. I've heard of baking oatmeal before but just never tried it. (1) it usually makes a whole panful and there is just me to eat it, and (2) I was scared I wouldn't like it.
Then, thanks to Pinterest, I saw the amazing photos from the Healthy Food For Living blog and knew I had to try this.
I decided to try this recipe as it only makes 1 serving so I wouldn't be out a lot if I didn't end up eating it.
Oh. My. Goodness.
Loved it.
You have to try it tomorrow morning! It takes about 5 seconds to throw the ingredients together, and then you can go have your shower, etc.. while it bakes in the oven.


Baked Banana Bread Oatmeal (For One)

Ingredients
1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1/3 cup 1 % Milk
1/3 cup mashed ripe banana, about 1 medium banana
1 egg white
1/4 tsp vanilla

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a small ovenproof bowl with cooking spray.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, mashed banana, egg white, and vanilla extract.
Pour dry ingredients into wet and stir until combined. Pour mixture into prepared bowl.


Bake for 20- 30 minutes, uncovered,  or until oatmeal is puffed and set. Serve hot.


You can drizzle a little maple syrup on top and sprinkle with some slivered almonds (or any chopped nuts) if you like.


Look - still oatmeal-y but not gooey.

Without the maple syrup drizzle and nuts, the nutritional info - according to the Healthy Food For Living blog - is 225 calories, 2.9 gr fat, 7.2 gr fibre, and 11.7 gr protein. That matches pretty well what I calculated on Fitday. FYI - It does have a high carb count (43) if you are doing the low carb thing.
Otherwise I think this is a great breakfast choice. I mean, 225 calories for breakfast? Yes please.
It is sooooooo tasty.
Trust me, I am normally NOT an oatmeal advocate.
Patooie is what I say.
But not this time. I am onboard the Baked Oatmeal train. Banana bread is one of my all time favorites. I can't wait to try this with apples and blueberries and such.

Update: Okay. I made it again with 1/3 cup of pumpkin puree instead of banana and 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice instead of only cinnamon.


Looks a little sketchy before you pop it in the oven but don't give up!


Oooh...look it puffed up and isn't gooey. And it smells soooooo good!


And topped off with 1 Tbsp of chopped pecans and a drizzle of maple syrup and it is amazing.
Seriously.
Why aren't you making this right now?
Oh yeah...and if you use the pumpkin instead of banana... the calories go down to 190 instead of 225.
(That's not counting the nuts and maple syrup.)

Update #2:  Made it AGAIN but this time with 1/3 cup blueberries instead of banana. This may be my favorite yet!


Mix ingredients and place in oven safe bowl. I slightly mushed 1/2 of the blueberries and stirred in the other 1/2 of the 1/3 of a cup just to make sure it would be really blueberry-y.


Bake until set.


If desired, sprinkle with a tablespoon of slivered almonds and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Very blueberry-y!
P.S. - Calories drop down again with blueberries. 180 calories for the blueberry version! (Without the nuts and maple syrup.) Yay!

UPDATE #3: Apple time! I made this with 1/3 cup chopped apple (well - a generous 1/3 of a cup. I just used 1/2 an apple) instead of the banana.


If desired, sprinkle with a tablespoon of slivered almonds and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Calories for the apple version - 202. (Without the nuts and maple syrup.)

UPDATE #4: Once again I have had this for breakfast. This time using mixed berries!


Another yummy combo!

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5 comments:

  1. Made it today- Dewey loved it, he needed a change from just Oatmeal. I put in raspberries and 1/2 banana, very good.

    Sherry

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    1. Yay! Raspberries would be delicious :) I'm trying apple next

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  2. Great recipe, except it needs a lot more sugar! :)

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  3. Hi! I came across your post on Pinterest just the other day. I tried the banana oatmeal today and it was very good. The recipe as is was delicious. I can't wait to try the pumpkin variation! Thanks for the recipe :)

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